Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class ranked ninth nationally, the fifth year in a row the Tigers finished in the top 10 overall.
The staff did a nice job of filling needs across the board. But what was a need in 2017 won’t necessarily be a need in the 2018 class and vice versa. Here’s a look at the biggest recruiting priorities for the ’18 class for Auburn and what positions the Tigers should target this year.
1. Wide receiver: Wide receiver should be a position of focus for the 2018 class. Even though Kyle Davis, Nate Craig-Meyers and Eli Stove all have at least two more years on the Tigers’ roster, Auburn needs to be ready just in case they all leave at the same time. With Auburn only signing one receiver in 2017, Noah Igbinoghene, it clearly needs to focus on depth for the future. With a tweaked offensive scheme coming for the Tigers with the arrival of Chip Lindsey, receivers will be important for Auburn.
2. Defensive tackle: The Tigers did not get a big name in the defensive line in this class but did sign two three-star prospects. D-line depth should be fine for this year, but after Derrick Brown leaves for the NFL in two seasons, Auburn does not appear to have a successor on campus. Rumors are swirling that Auburn will go after a junior college defensive tackle in the ’18 class and also will look at moving Byron Cowart inside in pass-rush situations.
3. Cornerback: Carlton Davis is a year away from being a high pick in the NFL draft. And when looking at the depth chart after Davis, there’s a big drop-off in talent. Auburn needs to find another future star at corner. Not that stars and ratings mean everything, but Auburn has brought in multiple three stars. If one hits the field and performs and develops better than expected, Auburn could be in a better situation. Still, depth will be a question going into National Signing Day in 2018.
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